Fall has officially arrived and the leaves are finally starting to slowly change color and fall to the ground. Before you know it, your whole yard will be covered! Many people are unsure of what to do with this abundance of leaves. Usually in the fall, you see neighborhood streets lined with garbage bags filled with raked up leaves. However, there is so much more that you can do with the leaves!
Leaves are full of nutrients, so they can definitely be put to good use! However, don’t let leaves just sit on top of your lawn. If too many leaves pile up, they can block out air and sunlight from reaching the roots of your lawn. It is even worse if rain is added to the mix. Rain causes the leaves to be matted and if this is left too long, it can cause turf diseases to develop.
The quickest and easiest way to take advantage of the leaves’ nutrients is to mulch them into your lawn. Most mowers have mulching blades that cut up the leaves into tiny pieces that settle in your lawn. These ground up pieces will decompose and provide free and all-natural food for your lawn!
Leaves can also be used to protect plants. Adding a layer of leaves will help insulate, adding protection from the cold weather and helping your plants be healthy when spring comes along.
You can also use leaves to prepare for your next garden. If you have an area that is typically a garden bed, pile the leaves over this soil. By time spring comes, the leaves will be partially decomposed. You can then till the decomposed leaves into the ground and have healthy soil for your garden. Similarly, if you have a compost bin, you can add the leaves in there as well!
If you have any questions or concerns about your lawn, drop us a comment, send us a message or give us a call. We will be happy to answer any of your questions!
By: Hannah Raines
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